Birdorable Rufous-bellied Kookaburra

2013 Bonanza Bird #5: Rufous-bellied Kookaburra

Happy Friday! Today's new Birdorable Bonanza bird is the Rufous-bellied Kookaburra.

Birdorable Rufous-bellied Kookaburra

The Rufous-bellied Kookaburra is one of four species of kookaburra in the world. Kookaburras are large "tree" kingfishers. A few traits set the Rufous-bellied Kookaburra apart from the other kookaburras.

Rufous-bellied Kookaburra Keulemans
Rufous-bellied Kookaburra by John Gerrard Keulemans (public domain)

These birds like to live in thick rainforest habitat, unlike the other kookaburras, who generally prefer an open habitat. Rufous-bellied Kookaburras are often found alone or in pairs; other species of kookaburra tend to live in larger cooperative family groups. Their light-colored bills are unique among the kookaburras. The Rufous-bellied is also the smallest of the four kookaburra species.

rufous-bellied kookaburra

Our Bonanza continues tomorrow with an African species that sports a "beard"!

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